Saturday, November 28, 2009

Songs of Sentient Beings (1530)


The dream of a better way embodied in a political figure.

Through the lifetime of my political awareness, if you will, I have seen a succession of candidates who have given me a sense of purpose and empowerment.
Looking at them.
Imagining them.
I have felt more alive.
Ashamed of dreaming little dreams.
For that brief moment of Obama's victory I felt it.
The after-image of something more substantial. Brighter.
Now. Nothing.
Or nearly nothing.
Are the causes "fear-less"?
People are still dying because no one cares.
People are still killing for reasons so imbeded in their make-up and reasoning as to not notice.
The elderly are regarded as expendable.
America is becoming a place of smooth retirement.
We're in a coma.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The problem now

Post PO MO ART -its basic, essential elements...its main thrust, if you will is the distended, flaccid purpose of marketing(excuse the impotence imagery...I'm just fine but I am very angry); Selling itself to itself. It has no other reason for existing other than to fuel its own continuation. It is more than useless it is EXCEPTIONALLY irrelevant,an oxymoronical achievement in and of itself-reminiscent of a politician campaigning to themselves.
Overly didactic (in an extraordinarily obvious way) bordering on "preachy" and condescending and/or so idiosyncratic as to be inexplicable while attempting to continually pontificate.
When did the visual arts so interest itself with content pushing the intent?
Fashion and advertising have always had a love hate affair with the arts.Now, however they are at its core. In the seventies critics led in a most irritating, disconcerting way. Artists followed. In many ways the work became tainted with the sole purpose of providing an "illustration" to support the aesthetic underpinning. Yet even with this reversal the work was still accountable in and of the realm of visual creation;Objects that stood or fell based on AESTHETIC analysis. Now-works are being scrutinized first and foremost for their social and political relevance to todays pop news headlines.Becoming pictorial training wheels for the faux-revolution. Art in back-up of the other branches of civilization.
Artists as politician.Consider the obverse of that...politicians as artists, and the problem clarifies itself.